Cheryl H. Johnson serves as chief human resources officer of Caterpillar Inc. She has responsibility for all aspects of human capital, including talent acquisition and management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, total rewards, HR operations, employee and labor relations, and corporate environmental, health and safety.
She joined Caterpillar in 2017 and has worked to transform the function to align more closely with the company’s business strategy, shift the center of focus to talent development and cultivate a spirit of continuous improvement.
Before joining Caterpillar, Johnson had a successful 20-year career with Textron, ultimately serving as a member of its executive leadership team. Johnson was responsible for leading Textron’s worldwide human resources function, as well as corporate communications, corporate real estate, community affairs, and the company’s aviation department.
Johnson’s early career encompassed multi-functional experience in human resources, marketing and sales, and finance disciplines within several industries and diverse business models, including public education, technology, and aerospace/defense.
Johnson is a board member of the HR Policy Association and the Caterpillar Foundation. She completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program in Corporate Education at Duke University and holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in operations management from Northern Illinois University.